Rural Issues

Resources for Rural Churches



Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy newsletter Dec 2018. click the link to download.

Emily Brailsford, new Chaplain to Young Farmers.

Brexit and Agriculture a briefing by JPITand Germinate.



In-house training

Germinate Lecture 2019

Salt, Light and Feet of Clay: Celebrating the ministry of lay people

Wednesday 15 May, 10am-2pm

King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton

Speaker: George Dunn, CEO, Tenant Farmers Association

Tickets: £15 (until 31 March then £20)

Often when we think about church and leadership we think immediately of clergy of various descriptions. But what about head teachers, office managers, newspaper editors, financial controllers, magistrates, farm managers, school governors, youth football coaches, Scout leaders and chief executives?

Exercising Christian leadership in a secular context requires wisdom, sensitivity and strength. How can our rural churches find ways to nurture, support, protect and grow the leaders in our communities? And what might those leaders have to offer to our churches?

This event is for anyone who is interested in the nature and exercise of leadership in the rural church. Whether you’re a clergy person, lay leader, involved in a rural church or just curious.

George Dunn has been CEO of the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) since January 1997 and is on the leadership team of his local, Reading-based, Elim Pentecostal church.

For more information, visit the website, email  or phone 024 7485 3066.

Book tickets via Eventbrite here.


Faith and the Future of the Countryside 23rd-27th September 2019, with Bishop Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, President of the Rural Coalition and Vice President of the Local Government Association.

This conference will explore the rapidly changing face of the countryside in England and the role that the Church can play in shaping it. Drawing on the experience and insights of the delegates, it will provide an opportunity to think together about a wide range of rural subjects, including the environment, agriculture and leisure. In addition there will be input designed to offer spiritual refreshment for the participants.


Germinate Leadership: October 2019

Helping lay and ordained leaders from all denominations to develop creative, entrepreneurial skills for rural church leadership.

Every part of the Germinate Leadership programme is rooted in the opportunities and challenges of ministry in rural contexts and fosters a collaborative, ecumenical approach and a culture of continuing personal and professional development. It is expected that all participants, both lay and ordained, will end the programme as creative, entrepreneurial, collaborative and strategic leaders, better equipped to engage effectively with local communities and encourage churches to be an effective Christian presence.

The 18-month programme includes four residentials, a 360° leadership appraisal, mentoring and work-shadowing. A variety of learning styles are used and teaching incorporates wisdom and experience drawn from secular and church leadership spheres. The programme draws on lay and ordained ministry experience from across the denominations.

For more information, visit the website, email or phone 024 7485 3066.

Apply for the 2019 programme via website here.

Rural Funding Digest  


Open Welcome a toolkit designed to help rural churches consider how they might use their building to offer welcome and hospitality to those in their community, both residents and visitors. click here to download open welcome



Equipping for Rural Mission 
•Published by the Arthur Rank Centre (now Germinate) and free to download at It is designed to support small rural churches understand their community.

•To obtain support or advice to use this resource in Derby Diocese contact in the mission and ministry team. Your feedback is welcome.

Country Way magazine: includes examples of rural good practice in a magazine style. 

The Diocese of Derby

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